Arkansas attractions http://visitmyarkansas.com/ Sun, 07 Aug 2022 10:48:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://visitmyarkansas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon.png Arkansas attractions http://visitmyarkansas.com/ 32 32 The first Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters EXPO will take place July 29-31 | Arkansas Business News https://visitmyarkansas.com/the-first-delta-waterfowl-duck-hunters-expo-will-take-place-july-29-31-arkansas-business-news/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 22:23:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/the-first-delta-waterfowl-duck-hunters-expo-will-take-place-july-29-31-arkansas-business-news/ We were unable to send the item. The first Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters EXPO will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock July 29-31. Presented by Federal Ammunition, attractions include: The Realtree Duck Hunters stage with presentations from Justin Martin from Duck Dynasty, Billy Campbell from Dr. Duck, Jared Mophett from Honey […]]]>

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The first Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters EXPO will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock July 29-31.

Presented by Federal Ammunition, attractions include:

  • The Realtree Duck Hunters stage with presentations from Justin Martin from Duck Dynasty, Billy Campbell from Dr. Duck, Jared Mophett from Honey Brake Lodge and more.
  • The Eukanuba/Lucky Duck Duck Dog stage features training techniques, tips and equipment from Chris Akin and Josh Miller, plus professional duck health advice from Dr. John Myers.
  • The BOSS Shotshells Delta Waterfowl Stage with presentations from Dr. Frank Rohwer, Dr. Scott Petrie, Dr. Chris Nicolai, John Devney, Joel Brice, Matt Chouinard, Mike Buxton and more.
  • Remington lures from the Delta Marsh Display. Author and historian Paul Wait will be on hand to sign copies of his new book “Delta Waterfowl: How the Duck Hunters Organization Shaped Waterfowl Conservation in North America.” And award-winning lure sculptor Pat Gregory of Bloomington, Illinois will feature vintage Delta swamp lures from sculptors such as Duncan Ducharme, Torry Ward and Dr. Miles Pirnie. Gregory will also give interactive sculpting and painting demonstrations.
  • The Federal Ammunition Delta Waterfowl Duck Hunters EXPO exhibit hall.
  • The World Cut Duck Call Championship presented by Mack’s Prairie Wings and Drake.
  • The Eukanuba Duck Dog Parade to the gate of the Convention Center.

The Delta Federal Munitions Champions Luncheon on Saturday will recognize outstanding scientists, volunteers and conservationists.

Ticket prices are $10 per day (kids 16 and under free), $25 for a three-day pass, and $50 for lunch on July 30.

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Experience the magic of hot air balloons at this Arkansas festival https://visitmyarkansas.com/experience-the-magic-of-hot-air-balloons-at-this-arkansas-festival/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/experience-the-magic-of-hot-air-balloons-at-this-arkansas-festival/ The second weekend of September, the Arkansas State Balloon Championship takes off at the Anstaff Soccer Complex in Harrison. Now in its 27th year, the 2022 edition of this festival will take place from Friday September 9th to Sunday September 11th. Fun for the whole family Like a family event, the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon […]]]>

The second weekend of September, the Arkansas State Balloon Championship takes off at the Anstaff Soccer Complex in Harrison. Now in its 27th year, the 2022 edition of this festival will take place from Friday September 9th to Sunday September 11th.


Fun for the whole family

Like a family event, the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship kicks off Friday night with helicopter rides provided by Arkansas Helicopters and a Boy Scouts children’s zone; both offers will also be repeated on Saturday. Wally West will perform his music live on Friday nights only.

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A range of food and retail vendors will be on site throughout the weekend.

A colorful spectacle

The first day of the event will conclude with the first of two balloon glows, during which participating flight crews will inflate their themed hot air balloons but hold them in position to stay on the ground. The end result creates a colorful nightscape, reflecting an array of glowing lanterns.

Then, on Saturday morning, the event starts to get competitive. There is a key handover contest between the hot air balloons, with participating crews eligible to win a cash prize. The competition will involve balloon pilots maneuvering their hot air balloons towards a key that sits atop a pole. Then, to complete the task, the crews must remove the key from its respective post. The key handover contest also continues on Sunday morning.

Saturday’s schedule will also include on-field activities. A fun 5k adult run and a fun 2k kids run will benefit Grandma’s House, a children’s advocacy center in Harrison. Saturday’s schedule will also include A Kite RACE, a display of Harrison Fire and Police Department vehicles. 7 South, a country and southern rock band from Arkansas, will perform that night.

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Visitors to the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship may have the opportunity to take a tethered balloon ride on Sunday evening, September 11. The rides are made possible through the purchase of a ticket.

Those wishing to view the hot air balloons on weekends are recommended to visit the First Baptist Church at 1400 South Pine St. Spectators should come exactly between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings to enjoy views at Breathtaking. For more information on the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship, visit their website Where Facebook page.

What else to do in Harrison

Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the city of Arkansas Harrisson has other outdoor attractions in the area that are also worth visiting. Add them to your plans before or after the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship.

Situated seven miles from Harrison, mystical caves offers knowledgeable guided tours through two of the most fascinating caves in the Ozarks – Mystic Cavern and Crystal Dome. Mystic Cavern is adorned with royal columns, spherical stalactites, electrified helictites and a 28-foot pipe organ. Next, the eight-story Crystal Dome glistens from top to bottom, with an abundance of pure white stone and pools with cave pearls.

The Buffalo National River gives visitors another perspective, as National Geographic included it in its 2011 “Top 10 underrated national parks” article. It has three designated wilderness areas and three visitor contact stations. Considered the main of the three, The Tyler Bend Visitor Center is located in St. Joe, Ark. It is 18 miles south of Harrison.

The meadow baker is a natural area full of various unique species of plants such as Ozark trillium and early goldenrod. The fauna that inhabits it is common to the region, ranging from the ornate box turtle to the willow flycatcher. Additionally, Baker Prairie has two mowed loop trails which can be walked.

The area in which Harrison is based is also popular for motorcycling; a free guide can be requested here. As for accommodation in and near Harrison there are a number of chain hotels and RV and campground options.

Related: Not Just Hot Air: These Cities Are Home to More Than Hot Air Balloon Rides

Boone County Regional Airport in Harrison was previously the location of the Arkansas State Balloon Championship. Southern Airways Express is the main carrier at the airport, with flights to destinations including Dallas/Fort Worth and Nashville.

  • Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Location: Anstaff Football Complex, 202 Old Stonewall Rd., Harrison, Ark.
  • Hours: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 9; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 10; and 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 11.


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Council is shown regional strategy; Rising cost of housing in northwest Arkansas called urgent https://visitmyarkansas.com/council-is-shown-regional-strategy-rising-cost-of-housing-in-northwest-arkansas-called-urgent/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 11:55:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/council-is-shown-regional-strategy-rising-cost-of-housing-in-northwest-arkansas-called-urgent/ SPRINGDALE — Northwest Arkansas has seen the second highest year-over-year increase in the cost of buying a home of any U.S. metro area, Northwest Arkansas said Thursday. Council. “It threatens a central pillar of your economic life,” Richard Florida, a University of Toronto professor specializing in urban studies, told a crowd of about 150 at […]]]>

SPRINGDALE — Northwest Arkansas has seen the second highest year-over-year increase in the cost of buying a home of any U.S. metro area, Northwest Arkansas said Thursday. Council.

“It threatens a central pillar of your economic life,” Richard Florida, a University of Toronto professor specializing in urban studies, told a crowd of about 150 at Thursday’s annual council meeting. An “incredible quality of life” coupled with relatively low housing prices compared to other desirable and growing locations in the United States is one of the area’s main attractions, he said.

The council is a group of business and community leaders who deal with regional issues. Florida presented at the meeting the board’s strategic plan for this year through 2026, a strategy he helped shape.

“Of all the 350+ US metros, the Northwest Arkansas area saw the second-largest year-over-year increase in median home price between May 2021 and May 2022 – 28, 8%, an absolute increase of nearly $75,000,” the plan says.

Real estate figures show the fastest growth in Kansas City, Missouri, at 32.9% from May 2021 to May 2022. Northwest Arkansas surpassed the second highest area of ​​Tampa, in Florida.

Housing prices have risen 43% over the past five years in Benton County and 47% in Washington County, Florida.

“You can choke on your own success,” Fayetteville’s Jeff Koenig said after Thursday’s meeting, which took place at the Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale.

The council hired Duke McLarty in November as executive director of the council’s Workforce Housing Center to specifically tackle the housing problem. Council has made affordable housing a priority at past meetings. They were right to do so, but regional action is now urgently needed, Florida told them.

“You are at an inflection point,” he said. “You cannot hesitate.

Options considered by the council and area cities to date include persuading investors to offer a wider selection of housing and financing options, from townhouses to condominiums to single-family homes. Financing options could include private funds to bridge the gap between what a working family can afford and what it costs to buy a single-family home.

Northwest Arkansas needs a regional housing fund, the strategy document says. Such a fund combines public and private investments to support affordable housing developments. The region needs to consider options other than directly reducing the unit cost of a living unit, such as making neighborhoods more bike-friendly and having more charging stations for electric vehicles, the strategy document says. Building homes further and further away from employment centers raises transportation costs, a major factor in overall living expenses in a region, the plan says.

There are groups of investors who want to include affordability in their portfolios, Florida said. For example, some apartment complexes have 80% of their units at market price and 20% reserved at a lower, more affordable rate. The community cannot continue to thrive without a place where teachers and emergency medical technicians can afford to live, he said.

Beyond the price of housing, the region needs to make sure it maintains the quality of life that drives people to want to move here, Florida said.

“He validated the thing that keeps me up at night,” said Mayor Greg Hines of Rogers, who also attended the meeting. “I don’t want to be sitting in a restaurant 20 years from now and people asking me why I didn’t help get this thing under control while I was in power,” Hines said.

Besides housing, the council’s new plan lists four other priorities. These are:

• Continue to focus on developing, attracting and retaining diverse talent.

• Increase efforts to support the innovation economy and an entrepreneurial environment.

• Continue to build on the Northwest Arkansas brand as a vibrant, thriving, promising, and inclusive community that provides a high quality of life for all.

• Develop council capacities, missions and personnel.

“No other organization can easily address so many areas as the region develops,” the plan says.

“I don’t talk politics much, but as state governments become more aggressive in the social sphere, and it goes both ways, you need to maintain your reputation as a fair and open-minded place to live” , said Florida.

“People who don’t feel included will go,” he said. “It’s not about sensitivity training. It’s about economic development.”

Another speaker at Thursday’s meeting was Austin Booth, director of the state Game and Fish Commission. The state wants to open a world-class recreational shooting range in northwest Arkansas, he told the crowd, but land costs are high. Therefore, the commission will tailor a detailed request for proposal listing its requirements and see if a public or private group, or a combination, makes the commission the most attractive offer, he said. Expect the proposal in August, he said.

Recreational shooting – rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery – is a sport in high demand and northwest Arkansas seriously lacks sufficient facilities, let alone one good enough to attract competitions. national shooting ranges, Booth said.

Any mention of shootings must address the issue of gun violence, with mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, Buffalo, NY and Highland Park, Illinois so far in 2022, Booth told the group.

“We have to shoot out of darkness and loneliness and into daylight,” he said. “When people leave, they need to see others in their communities with them.”

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Soaring housing prices are already putting the region at risk, the Northwest Arkansas Council says https://visitmyarkansas.com/soaring-housing-prices-are-already-putting-the-region-at-risk-the-northwest-arkansas-council-says/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 09:55:42 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/soaring-housing-prices-are-already-putting-the-region-at-risk-the-northwest-arkansas-council-says/ SPRINGDALE — Northwest Arkansas has seen the second highest year-over-year increase in the cost of buying a home of any U.S. metro area, Northwest Arkansas said Thursday. Council. “It threatens a central pillar of your economic life,” Richard Florida, a University of Toronto professor specializing in urban studies, told a crowd of about 150 at […]]]>

SPRINGDALE — Northwest Arkansas has seen the second highest year-over-year increase in the cost of buying a home of any U.S. metro area, Northwest Arkansas said Thursday. Council.

“It threatens a central pillar of your economic life,” Richard Florida, a University of Toronto professor specializing in urban studies, told a crowd of about 150 at Thursday’s annual council meeting. An “incredible quality of life” coupled with relatively low housing prices compared to other desirable and growing locations in the United States is one of the area’s main attractions, he said.

The council is a group of business and community leaders who deal with regional issues. During the meeting, Florida presented the board’s strategic plan for this year through 2026, a strategy he helped craft.

“Of the more than 350 US metros, the Northwest Arkansas area saw the second highest year-over-year increase in median home price between May 2021 and May 2022 – 28.8 %, an absolute increase of nearly $75,000,” the plan reads. .

Real estate figures show the fastest growth in Kansas City, Missouri, at 32.9% from May 2021 to May 2022. Northwest Arkansas surpassed the second highest area of ​​Tampa, in Florida.

Housing prices have risen 43% over the past five years in Benton County and 47% in Washington County, Florida.

“You can choke on your own success,” Fayetteville’s Jeff Koenig said after Thursday’s meeting, which took place at the Ozark Highlands Nature Center in Springdale.

The council hired Duke McLarty in November as executive director of the council’s Workforce Housing Center to specifically tackle the housing problem. Council has made affordable housing a priority at past meetings. They were right to do so, but regional action is now urgently needed, Florida told them.

“You are at an inflection point,” he said. “You cannot hesitate.

Options considered by the council and area cities so far include convincing investors to offer a wider selection of housing and financing options, from townhouses to condominiums to single-family homes. Financing options could include private funds to bridge the gap between what a working family can afford and what it costs to buy a single-family home.

Northwest Arkansas needs a regional housing fund, the strategy document says. Such a fund combines public and private investments to support affordable housing developments. The region needs to consider options other than directly reducing the unit cost of a living unit, such as making neighborhoods more bike-friendly and having more charging stations for electric vehicles, the strategy document says. Building homes further and further away from employment centers raises transportation costs, which is a major factor in an area’s overall living expenses, the plan says.

There are groups of investors who want to include affordability in their portfolios, Florida said. For example, some apartment complexes have 80% of their units at market price and 20% reserved at a lower, more affordable rate. The community cannot continue to thrive without a place where teachers and emergency medical technicians can afford to live, he said.

Beyond the price of housing, the area needs to be safe and maintain the quality of life that drives people to want to move here, Florida said.

“He validated the thing that keeps me up at night,” said Mayor Greg Hines of Rogers, who also attended the meeting. “I don’t want to be sitting in a restaurant 20 years from now and people asking me why I didn’t help get this thing under control while I was in power.”

Besides housing, the council’s new plan lists four other priorities. These are:

• Continue to focus on developing, attracting and retaining diverse talent.

• Increase efforts to support the innovation economy and an entrepreneurial environment.

• Continue to build on the Northwest Arkansas brand as a vibrant, thriving, promising, and inclusive community that provides a high quality of life for all.

• Develop council capacities, missions and personnel.

“No other organization can easily address so many areas as the region develops,” the plan says.

“I don’t talk politics much, but as state governments become more aggressive in the social sphere, and it goes both ways, you need to maintain your reputation as a fair and open-minded place to live” , said Florida.

“People who don’t feel included will go,” he said. “It’s not about sensitivity training. It’s about economic development.”

Another speaker at Thursday’s meeting was Austin Booth, director of the state Game and Fish Commission. The state wants to open a world-class recreational shooting range in northwest Arkansas, he told the crowd, but land costs are high. Therefore, the commission will tailor a detailed request for proposal listing its requirements and see if a public or private group, or a combination, makes the commission the most attractive offer, he said. Expect the proposal in August, he said.

Recreational shooting – rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery – is a sport in high demand, and northwest Arkansas seriously lacks sufficient facilities, let alone one good enough to attract people. national shooting competitions, Booth said.

Any mention of a shooting must address the issue of gun violence, with mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas; Buffalo, New York; and Highland Park, Illinois, so far in 2022, Booth told the group.

“We have to shoot out of darkness and loneliness and into daylight,” he said. “When people leave, they need to see others in their communities with them.”

Doug Thompson can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @NWADoug.

On the Web

Read the regional strategy: nwaonline.com/715strategy/

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Southland Casino expansion raises the stakes for Arkansas tourism https://visitmyarkansas.com/southland-casino-expansion-raises-the-stakes-for-arkansas-tourism/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/southland-casino-expansion-raises-the-stakes-for-arkansas-tourism/ On A Roll: Southland Casino expansion raises the stakes for Arkansas tourism LLocal officials are betting a $320 million expansion project at Southland Casino in West Memphis will continue to generate huge tax benefits and attract more business. Construction of the casino’s 20-story skyscraper hotel is nearing completion. The 113,000 square foot complex near the […]]]>

On A Roll: Southland Casino expansion raises the stakes for Arkansas tourism

LLocal officials are betting a $320 million expansion project at Southland Casino in West Memphis will continue to generate huge tax benefits and attract more business.

Construction of the casino’s 20-story skyscraper hotel is nearing completion.

The 113,000 square foot complex near the junction of Highways 40 and 55 in the heart of Crittenden County town now features 2,400 slot machines, 50 live table games, sports betting and a new covered garage with more than 1,400 parking spaces.

The expansion project also includes four new restaurants and two bars, and future plans call for the completion of a 300-room, 20-story blue-glass high-rise hotel.

One of the casino’s new themed restaurants is gearing up for a grand opening.

The casino held its groundbreaking ceremony to open the new gaming area on May 3, and the hotel is expected to open this month with a limited number of rooms available, with the rest of the rooms opening later this summer, according to the media spokesperson for Southland Casino Courses, Natalie Carlson.

Southland reopening ceremony. Photo courtesy of Northern Delaware.

“It’s great for our city,” West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon said. “The casino helps show that our city offers something different for everyone.”

More than 4.3 million people visited the casino each year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the mayor said. This has allowed the city to earn $12 million a year in tax revenue related to the casino draw – food, lodging, hotel fees and other visitor expenses. Before the establishment offered gambling, West Memphis typically earned about $6.5 million a year in taxes, McClendon said.

“The $12 million was just to start,” he said. “In a good year now that COVID isn’t as bad, we’re hoping for $14 million a year in taxes.”

Photo courtesy of Southland Casino Racing

The facility has been a landmark in the region for nearly three-quarters of a century. Southland, owned by the Upton family, opened in 1956 and featured daily greyhound dog races as the only track in the Midsouth region. It also offered pari-mutuel where bets are placed against other bettors. West Memphis and Hot Springs, with its Oaklawn Park racetrack, were the two places in Arkansas that allowed this type of game.

Over 600 people were employed by Southland at the time, and over 20,000 people visited the track on an average weekend. Annual salaries typically topped $200 million, track officials said.

Southland was purchased by Buffalo, New York-based Delaware North Companies, Inc. in 1976.

Development of the Southland Casino expansion project. Courtesy of Southland Casino Racing

The area fell on hard times in the 1990s, however, when Mississippi voters favored legislation allowing casino gambling on waterways. Tunica, Mississippi, about 30 miles south of Memphis, became a gambling mecca when several nationally known casino and resort companies like Bally’s and Gold Strike opened gambling centers on riverboats on the river. Mississippi.

The area became the third largest gambling location in the country behind Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and Southland’s revenues fell from $200 million in the late 1980s to less than $35 million in the mid-1990s. Half of Southland’s employees lost their jobs during this time, a timeline shows on the Southland Casino Racing website.

But in 2005, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Arkansas Law 1151 which allowed race tracks in West Memphis and Hot Springs to install “games of skill” with voter approval. . About 64% of West Memphis voters favored the measure. And in late 2006, Southland built a new lobby, 55,000 square foot gaming area, 400-seat event center, 150-seat nightclub, and 280-seat buffet area with three themed restaurants. .

Aerial view of the Southland Casino Racing building in West Memphis. Photo courtesy of SOSHNY.

Mother Nature also helped propel the West Memphis casino into a regional destination when the Mississippi River flood in 2008 forced the closure of several riverside casinos in Tunica, sending gamblers north to Southland.

“We’re four miles from Beale Street in Memphis,” said McClendon, who was a member of the West Memphis City Council before becoming mayor in 2019, and worked with groups to pass the 2006 election measure.

“I think people see how close we are to so many other amenities,” he said. “Tunica is 30 miles from Memphis, and you only go there if you want to play. We have nearby bike paths, the river walk and other attractions.

McClendon said he expects the casino expansion to attract new businesses and industries to the town of 25,000. A hotel developer has already indicated plans to build a new hotel in West Memphis.

“We will see 20,000 to 30,000 people coming here a day,” he said. “We will need more places for them to stay.”

Glen White, director of corporate communications for Delaware North, said the expansion will boost the region’s economy, which will help improve public services and infrastructure in the city.

“This expansion project has allowed Delaware North to continue and enhance the positive impact Southland has on the state’s economy and the support it provides to many worthwhile community organizations in the region,” White said.

Southland donates to Arkansas State University’s Midsouth Campus in West Memphis, the East Arkansas Family Health Center and the MidSouth Food Bank.

According to White, the casino’s total impact — including employment, operating expenses, charitable donations and taxes — is $311 million.

The facility also plans to hire an additional 400 people for the playground and hotel.

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Artistic representation of the Southland expansion’s play area. Courtesy of SOSHNY.

“We are confident that this expansion will make Southland a destination not only for the Midsouth region, but also for gaming enthusiasts across the country and around the world,” said White.

The expansion will make Southland Casino Racing the largest gaming facility in the region, at 82,000 square feet. Horseshoe Casino in Tunica is the second largest in the area with 63,000 square feet of gaming space.

The hotel’s 20 stories make it one of the 10 tallest buildings in the state. The Simmons Tower in Little Rock, at 40 stories and 546 feet tall, is Arkansas’ tallest structure to date.

Photos courtesy of Southland Casino Racing.

The future hotel will include 231 standard rooms, 58 suites and 11 penthouse suites on the top floor.

“We cannot be thankful enough for Southland’s philanthropic efforts,” said Mayor McClendon. “They have helped so many organizations and people.

“It’s an exciting time, Southland has been part of the fiber of West Memphis for a long time.”

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This epic summer water park in Arkansas is on your to-do list https://visitmyarkansas.com/this-epic-summer-water-park-in-arkansas-is-on-your-to-do-list/ Mon, 04 Jul 2022 16:36:06 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/this-epic-summer-water-park-in-arkansas-is-on-your-to-do-list/ Have you seen the recent OIYS article on Parrot Island Water Park? We have covered all the wonders of daytime attractions. But did you know that Parrot Island offers fun-filled nighttime entertainment? This makes it the most epic summer water park you need to add to your to-do list this […]]]>




Have you seen the recent OIYS article on Parrot Island Water Park? We have covered all the wonders of daytime attractions. But did you know that Parrot Island offers fun-filled nighttime entertainment? This makes it the most epic summer water park you need to add to your to-do list this year.

For more information on ticket prices, schedule and event times, visit the website Where Facebook page.

So, have you been to this epic water park for the special events? We’d love to hear what you liked about it.

Are you looking for more fun? here is a some epic adventures to experience this summer.

Address: Parrot Island Water Park, 7300 Zero St, Fort Smith, AR 72903, USA

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Arkansas urges natives to choose the natural state this holiday weekend https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-urges-natives-to-choose-the-natural-state-this-holiday-weekend/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 03:08:50 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-urges-natives-to-choose-the-natural-state-this-holiday-weekend/ LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 4th of July weekend is usually the time when people get out, enjoying the scenery or taking a well-deserved vacation. But this summer, Arkansas State hopes Adventurers will choose the Natural State; stay local to enjoy all our home has to offer. It’s a favorite pastime for many Arkansans: getting […]]]>

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The 4th of July weekend is usually the time when people get out, enjoying the scenery or taking a well-deserved vacation.

But this summer, Arkansas State hopes Adventurers will choose the Natural State; stay local to enjoy all our home has to offer.

It’s a favorite pastime for many Arkansans: getting ready, catching family, and going out – a trend that extends beyond the natural state. Jacob Critz is originally from Arkansan and now spends his days in the Lone Star State. But the neighboring state’s many hiking trails call it home, its favorite vacation destination just a few hours away. On Friday, Critz was visiting Pinnacle Mountain, a popular hiking spot a few miles from Little Rock.

“It makes it so much more enjoyable to come back to see the family because there’s so much great nature there,” Critz said, explaining that he frequently returns to AR. “It’s funny because I saw commercials in Texas! Come natural, and all that.

That’s exactly what Arkansas State Parks love to hear, focusing their efforts on attracting those just passing through and now, locals – never more than 60 miles from a state park.

Shea Lewis is the director of state parks in Arkansas. He and the team are now shifting their focus from flyers to drivers, those looking to get a little closer to home.

“The impact on gas prices is pushing travelers to stay a little closer to home,” Lewis explained. “Part of the original concept of state parks was to be a resource for local residents.”

The impact of staying local speaks for itself. Not only do parks and other attractions pump money back into the state’s economy, but local cities and counties also benefit travelers, with gas stations, local restaurants and major vendors serving domestic customers. and foreigners.

4th Julye The weekend is expected to be a huge success for the parks system, but even during the pandemic, the call of the wild has been strong: 2021 saw 9.4 million visitors head to their most popular state park. close.

For more on the state park closest to you and all your options this holiday weekend, check out https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/

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10 Beautiful Towns You Would Never Expect To See In Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/10-beautiful-towns-you-would-never-expect-to-see-in-arkansas/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/10-beautiful-towns-you-would-never-expect-to-see-in-arkansas/ Arkansas of the southernmost states of the United States which borders the Mississippi River, and Little Rock is its capital. The outstanding natural beauty and charming towns of Arkansas are well known in the United States. It is quite simple to understand the local culture, religion and history during a visit. Museums, theaters, books, TV […]]]>

Arkansas of the southernmost states of the United States which borders the Mississippi River, and Little Rock is its capital. The outstanding natural beauty and charming towns of Arkansas are well known in the United States. It is quite simple to understand the local culture, religion and history during a visit. Museums, theaters, books, TV shows, restaurants, and sports facilities are all great places to observe this amazing culture. Due to its various towns and cities, it has become more important in terms of tourism. These beautiful cities in Arkansas are must-sees due to their rich culture and history.



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ten mountain view

Mountain View is renowned for its roots in traditional music and for being the center of culture in Stone County. Fans of Arkansas folk music no doubt frequent it. There are plenty of things to do here that allow tourists to experience local culture and history. The HS Mabry Barn, Ozark Folk Center State Park, and Stone County Museum are just a few of its top attractions where visitors can learn all about local folklore. For those who love outdoor exploration, they’ll love the ziplines and rope climbing at Loco Ropes’ Treetop Park.

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9 Magnolia

Magnolia is the epitome of Americana in many ways. The world’s largest charcoal grill, a special roadside attraction, is located here, and it also hosts the annual Magnolia Blossom Festival, which includes the World Championship Steak Cookoff. Travelers can stop at the Historical Heritage Museum of Southern Arkansas and the Columbia County Jail to learn more about the history of the area. They should also head to Logoly State Park to participate in hiking, biking, and outdoor activities.

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8 Heber Springs

In the mid-1800s, Sugar Loaf, a health resort, was the original location of Heber Springs. Although Spring Park’s old hot springs still stand, the 31,500-acre man-made lake open for boating and fishing is now the focal point of the park. While walking through the historic center of the city, tourists can see iconic structures like the County Courthouse and the typical city square. They can also find a variety of antique stores, a museum, and even a renovated theater where they can catch a show.

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seven Batesville

The Mark Martin NASCAR Museum in Batesville is renowned for housing awards, gear, memorabilia and even complete racing vehicles driven by the illustrious Batesville native. The city, which has a long history and was important during the Civil War, is located directly along the banks of the White River. The Melba Theater is one of many structures in Old Downtown that are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Former Independence Regional Museum covers the area’s fascinating history, and while you’re in town, be sure to visit the Strip as it has a ton of dining and retail options.


6 Van Buren

Van Buren is a major city in Arkansas and an important part of the Fort Smith metropolitan area. It allows visitors to get a first-hand look at the history of the state of Arkansas. Tourists should take a stroll through the historic Van Buren district, which is full of historic buildings, museums, shops and restaurants. They can also head to the Drennen Scott House, which was built in 1836 and now serves as a museum and window to the past, or they can escape to sites like Louemma Lake, Lee Reservoir Recreation Area Creek or Fort Smith. To park.

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5 mountain house

The town of Mountain Home is located in an area with the magnificent Ozark Mountains and is surrounded by a wide range of recreational activities, historic sites and scenic getaways. Historic Casey House, Cooper Park, where visitors can swim in a mountain lake, and Keller Park, which features baseball diamonds and sports fields, are just a few of the attractions in this small town. Plus, they can hit the hiking and biking trails at Davids Trail HWY 1010 Trailhead South or check out Duane Hada’s Rivertown Gallery museum and art exhibits.

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4 Eldorado

Even though El Dorado is a big city, it still has a friendly, family-friendly, small-town feel. As the county seat, it serves as a cultural center and has a bustling downtown area with a variety of places to dine, shop, and have a good time at night. A few of the attractions are the Newton House Museum with retro artifacts, the South Arkansas Arboretum with quiet walks lined with vibrant flowers, Oil Heritage Park and Mattocks Park with its picnic areas and green spaces.

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3 Springs of Siloam

Within the Cherokee Nation, Siloam Springs boasts a wealth of cultural sites as well as a peaceful and quiet small-town retreat. One of the top attractions in this area is the Siloam Springs Museum Society, where vacationers can explore artifacts and exhibits detailing the town’s history. They can hike, horseback ride, or participate in other outdoor activities at Bob Henry Park or the Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail. Those who love water sports can kayak at the City of Siloam Springs Kayak Park.

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2 Eureka Springs

The historic district of Eureka Springs, located in the Ozark Mountains, is very popular. Many Victorian structures, such as the Crescent Hotel, the Palace Bath House and the Basin Park Hotel are located here. Visitors can also head to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to see wild cats and bears in their natural habitat, or they can head into the hills to see the beautiful wood and glass Thorncrown Chapel. Naturally, the whole town is built around the region’s famous natural springs, which provide a beautiful and tranquil setting.

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1 Jasper

Jasper is a beautiful little town and the locals recognize almost everyone around it. It has a pedestrianized town center with a variety of charming shops and restaurants to explore. However, since it is a dry town, no alcoholic beverages can be purchased there. Many historic sites, scenic spots, hiking trails and other excursions to get away from the daily grind are nearby. The Arkansas Grand Canyon, Round Top Mountain Trail, Dr. Hudson Sanitarium Agricultural Building, and Little Bear Cave Hollow are all possible day trips for tourists.

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10 unique places to visit https://visitmyarkansas.com/10-unique-places-to-visit/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/10-unique-places-to-visit/ Arkansas, designated as The natural stateis home for the magnificent Ouachita and Ozark mountain ranges, which offer an abundance of breathtaking beauty. It features stunning scenery and natural treasures, with rivers rushing through rock formations and stunning state parks, and it’s covered in lush woodlands. Arkansas is also home to many hidden gems, charming small […]]]>

Arkansas, designated as The natural stateis home for the magnificent Ouachita and Ozark mountain ranges, which offer an abundance of breathtaking beauty. It features stunning scenery and natural treasures, with rivers rushing through rock formations and stunning state parks, and it’s covered in lush woodlands. Arkansas is also home to many hidden gems, charming small towns, as well as amazing natural sights and spectacular wilderness that lends itself well to all types of outdoor attractions. It is also rich in culture and history, making it a fascinating and varied place. Here are 10 unique places to visit in Arkansas.



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ten The old mill

This magnificent Little Rock North Building is featured in the opening sequence of the iconic film carried away by the wind and is believed to be the only surviving building from the film. In 1933 the mill was built and it was supposed to look old as if it was built in the 1800s. Tree stumps, mushrooms and an outstanding bridge that connects it to the rest of the splendid park are among the sculptures of the place. The magnificent Vieux Moulin is included on the National Register of Historic Places list and is a must-see destination.

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9 Quigley Castle

Quigley Castle, called the strangest abode in the Ozarks, is more of an eccentric stone dwelling than a castle. Ms Quigley destroyed the family home she and her husband lived in while he was away, forcing him to help build this bizarre new home. She’s always dreamed of building it her own way, and it seems the trick worked. Nowadays, the castle attracts intrigued tourists from all over.

8 Gurdon’s Light

Gurdon Light is an enigmatic event which continues to affect the surrounding forests along the railway lines off I-30 in Gurdon, Arkansas. Although it is not the only one registered in the United States, it is one of those that has not yet been explained, due to the lack of highways in the region, so it is impossible to be vehicle lights. Locals prefer to assume that the light does not come from the basement quartz crystalsas experts suspect.


seven Ghost Town Rush

Rush, a ghost town, is nestled in the wonderful Buffalo River National Park. Prospectors first came to the town looking for what they thought were silver resources, but turned out to be zinc. The area became one of the most prosperous places in the state and was the epicenter of Arkansas’ mining industry during World War I. As zinc prices fell after the war, Rush’s fortunes also fell. The mines ceased operations and the population began to decline. The ghost town was officially proclaimed a ghost town in 1972.

6 Pivot Rock Park

Pivot Rock Park is a fantastic rest stop. The marvelous park is home to a diverse range of spectacular rock formations that date back over a century. The distinctive namesake rock, which serves as the main attraction, resembles an inverted pyramid all the way to its edges. Tourists can also enjoy the splendid surrounding nature.

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5 Chapel of the Crown of Thorns

The fabulous Thorncrown Chapel is a beautiful glass chapel in the Ozark Mountains that looks futuristic. The church, which was built in 1980 by architect E. Fay Jones, is fashioned almost entirely from materials found in the surrounding forest. The high-ceilinged nave is 48 feet (14.63 m) high and appears to have no walls, but is surrounded by 425 windows covering nearly 6,000 square feet (557.41 square meters) of glass. The church is a wonderful wedding destination.

4 Wattle Hollow Retreat Center

The amazing Wattle Hollow Retreat, located in northern Arkansas, is Fox’s retirement home. In 1979 the family returned to Montana after a spiritual journey around the world and decided to live in a new and unique environment, somewhere close to beautiful nature and where they could live a holistic lifestyle. They bought the site and set up a tent and a mailbox, then dug a toilet and built a compost bin. Today, visitors come to this magical place to meditate, retreat from the hustle and bustle of cities, do yoga and reconnect with nature.


3 Pocahontas Meteorite

According to tradition, a meteorite crossed the sky during the summer of 1859 and landed just north of Pocahontas. Despite popular belief, this rock is not really extraterrestrial. Scientists examined it and determined that it was just an ordinary rock. On the other hand, the town of Pocahontas continues to proudly display the legendary stone in front of the county courthouse and people are curious to see it.

2 Popeye Statue

Alma is recognized as the “Spinach Capital of the World“, so it would be unfair for the city to ignore Popeye the Sailor Man, the “spinach mascot of the world”! A water fountain inside Popeye Park is topped by a large bronze statue of the sailor. This splendid place also has a massive water structure which has been decorated to look like a spinach box and is known as “the largest can of spinach in the world“.


1 HU Lee International Gate and Garden

HU Lee International Gate and Garden is named after and in honor of the first Grand Master Haeng Ung Leewho founded the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). It is an exceptional example of architecture, a gesture of friendship and a method of honoring the greatest martial arts instructor of all time. This place is the main attraction for delegations and Taekwondo enthusiasts.

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Pride Month: Fighting HIV in Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/pride-month-fighting-hiv-in-arkansas/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 02:10:17 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/pride-month-fighting-hiv-in-arkansas/ ARKANSAS (KNWA/FOX24) — Arkansas statewide health advocates are battling the HIV epidemic in every corner of the state. It is a disease that heavily affects the LGBTQ+ community across the country. The Trump administration has identified Arkansas as one of seven states with high rates of HIV in its population. The Arkansas Department of Health […]]]>

ARKANSAS (KNWA/FOX24) — Arkansas statewide health advocates are battling the HIV epidemic in every corner of the state. It is a disease that heavily affects the LGBTQ+ community across the country.

The Trump administration has identified Arkansas as one of seven states with high rates of HIV in its population. The Arkansas Department of Health used government funding to create a 2020-2025 strategic plan and implement programs to reduce those rates.

“It’s a life-changing thing,” said Kodee Jane Stephens.

They were in denial when they learned last July that they were HIV-positive.

HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If left untreated, it can lead to AIDS, which is fatal. It is most commonly passed on through anal or vaginal sex, but it can also be spread through sharing needles, syringes, or other drug use equipment.

“I didn’t have enough time to process everything,” Stephens said. “It was good that you have HIV, you have to take this medicine, you have to start coming to all these appointments. I’m just like, can we slow down for a minute.

Fortunately, they had the support of Cornelius Mabin Junior, founder and CEO of The Strilite Foundation based in Little Rock.

“The organization was basically spun off to do more outreach, education, awareness and to empower, at this time, emerging young black men around HIV here in Little Rock and eventually across the state,” said he declared.

This cause is close to Mabin’s heart, because when he was diagnosed with HIV 30 years ago, he had very few people to turn to.

“We didn’t have any drugs and they didn’t even give me advice on what my next step should be,” he said. “So I had to figure these things out on my own.”

The Arkansas Department of Health is closely monitoring HIV cases in the state.

“We know we have about 6,000 people living with HIV and about half of them are in care,” said Tiffany Vance, head of ADH’s infectious diseases branch.

According to figures from the ADH Ending the HIV in Arkansas strategic plan, male-to-male sexual contact is the largest category of risk transmission in 2018. Data from the plan shows that black men have the highest rate of HIV diagnosis, which is 7.5 times higher than the rate of men whites.

Data show that most HIV cases are in younger populations. Almost two-thirds of these new diagnoses were in people under the age of 35.

“The goal is to reduce HIV transmission by 75% by 2025 and 90% by 2030,” Vance said of the plan.

They have four pillars to achieve this goal: diagnosing people living with HIV as early as possible, treating people living with HIV quickly and effectively to achieve sustained viral suppression, preventing further transmission of HIV using proven interventions and respond quickly to potential outbreaks.

They also want to increase the rate of viral suppression in the state. It’s the number of people taking medicine to suppress the virus, which means they can’t pass it on to others. Vance said Arkansas was at 54%, but they were aiming to get 80%.

“I think we’re on the right track,” Vance said as we approach the midpoint of the strategic plan.

Stephens now works for the Strilite Foundation as an HIV counselor. They want to help people who find themselves in their place and break down the stigma and misconceptions around HIV.

“People born in the 1980s sometimes call it ‘gay cancer’ and people were dying,” they said. It’s not a death sentence, you can live a long and productive life. I try to explain to people that it’s like living with a chronic disease.

Strilite Foundation members want HIV testing and prevention medication to be part of routine sexual health and comprehensive care. They work to educate people about the new medications available that can preventing and eradicating HIV.

Mabin continues to fight for those who can no longer.

“I feel lucky to still be here to do this job,” he said. “There are so many people I know and remember every day who are not there. For me, it’s to keep trying to work in the community to maintain awareness.

Click here to learn more about the Strilite Foundation and the resources they provide to the people of the state.

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